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Racing Traits

Introduction
There are many different traits that impact how a horse trains and/or races. Some of the most important traits, such as Peak, Prime, Morale, Energy, and Condition, are covered in more detail on other pages in this guide. However, this page provides a brief overview of all the traits you need to know about.
Traits
Energy Managing energy is an essential part of keeping a horse training and racing at their best. Horses use energy when training and, more importantly, racing. Horses recover energy at each meet's rollover. The rate at which they lose and gain energy is impacted by condition and athleticism.
Condition Condition is nearly as important as energy, as high condition is important for training and racing. Condition is also important in breeding horses, as mares with low condition will likely have high pregnancy risk and stallions with low condition may throw negative anomalies. Condition is gained primarily by exercising but also by racing.
Peak When a horse is "at their peak", they are considered to be performing at their best. Horses with low peak (whether not yet at peak or past their prime) will perform significantly worse in races. The most ideal time to race a horse is when they are at peak so that you can make the most out of their racing career. Horses will peak at different ages depending upon their unique genetics.
Prime Once a horse is at their peak, they begin using their prime. Prime determines how long a horse stays at peak. The amount of prime a horse has is determined by their unique genetics. High prime is generally preferred, as it makes it easier to manage a horse through a long and successful racing career.
Morale Morale is equally important to peak when it comes to training and racing successfully. A horse with low morale has little motivation to run and will perform very poorly in races. Morale can be increased by feeding Focus, training and racing. Current morale will fluctuate based on various factors involved in training and racing. Temperament will also influence how easily a horse maintains high morale.
Rest Rest, also referred to as Rested, is a trait that relates to how fresh and prepared to race your horse is feeling, and is in no way related to Energy or Condition. Horses that are "Rested" will see improvement to their race performance, while horses with low Rest will experience declining PRs. Each horse has unique genes that determine how well they maintain Rest. A horse can regain rest by many different means, such as feeding gleam, performing certain workouts, or simply taking a month off from racing. Horses are most often rested in the month (or two) before they enter a major series race as well as during the four off season months between November and February.
Experience Experience helps horses perform better in races, though it is not as critical as traits such as peak and morale. Experience is most important ins Stellar and series races. A horse can gain experience by performing buddy workouts and racing successfully.
Courage Courage is how much desire a horse has to win. Though it matters in all races, courage is most important when a horse is facing larger fields. A horse has a maximum amount of courage determined by a random Heart trait. Training, primarily trail rides, will help a horse raise their courage up to their maximum.
Consistency Consistency determines how consistently a horse races. A horse with higher consistency will race at their best more often, while a horse with lower consistency may see fluctuating Performance Ratings. A horse has a maximum consistency determined by Temperament genes. Training of all types can help a horse raise their consistency up to their maximum.
Maturity Maturity is how physically developed a horse is. A horse should not enter heavy training or racing until they are mature enough to handle the wear and tear on their body. Training or racing a horse with low maturity can cause developmental problems that can increase risk. How quickly a horse develops (matures) is determined by their Development genes. You can expect horses to reach full (100%) maturity as follows: Outstanding - 12 months, Excellent - 16 months, Good - 22 months, Fair - 30 months, Poor - 50 months.
Longevity Longevity is a measure of how many races a horses can run before they start losing soundness. This amount can vary widely from as few as 5 races to 30 or more races. The amount of longevity a horse is born with is determined by Health genes. Longevity is often used as a measure of when to retire a horse and a horse cannot retire until they have 6 or less races left. (However, it does not hurt to use up all their available races or even dip into soundness a bit.)
Soundness Soundness is, essentially, how healthy a horse is. Racing is a strenuous activity and will eventually wear a horse down. Once a horse is out of longevity, their soundness will begin to decline. Horses will also lose soundness if they suffer major injuries. Soundness does not drastically impact a horse's racing ability, but does impact their likelihood of being injured in races.
Athleticism Athleticism works hand in hand with energy. It determines how much energy horses use when training as well as how quickly they regenerate energy and how much condition they lose at rollovers. Horses with high athleticism can race more often (usually monthly), while horses with low athleticism may only be able to race every-other month. Athleticism is a gene that can only be viewed with Forever Pro, however, you can estimate a horse's athleticism by keeping track of how much energy they use when training and regain at rollover. In addition, performing long gallops with your horse has a chance to increase their athleticism.
Pace Preference All horses have base stats and a racing style. The racing styles of horses in a race determine the pace of the race. A pace preference determines what type of pace a horse will benefit most from. This trait is determined by a horse's Late Speed and Early Speed stats. A horse with higher Late Speed will benefit from a fast pace, while a horse with higher Early Speed will benefit from a slow pace. Horses with equal stats will have no pace preference.
Mud Tolerance Mud tolerance is a non-hereditary trait that determines how well a horse races on wet tracks. A horse with high mud tolerance may run better than normal when entered on a sloppy track, while horses with low mud tolerance may run very poorly on wet tracks. Horses with low mud tolerance are also more likely to be injured when running on muddy tracks.
Favorite Distance Every horse has a favorite distance. This is the distance at which they perform their best and is determined by their distance genes. In addition to a horse's specific favorite distance, they will also perform better at the 1-2 distances adjoining their favorite distance. If you know a horse's favorite distance, it is wise to train them so that it is in the middle of their 3-distance range.
Colt Composure
& Filly Power
Colt Composure and Filly Power are non-hereditary traits that determine how well horses perform in races with the opposite gender. It is easy to avoid racing a filly against colts, since there are "filly only" races. However, if you have a horse with high FP, you may benefit from entering a filly in open races. CC and FP both have the potential to be improved by doing Long Gallops during off-season.
Risk Risk, which is covered in more detail in the Injuries section, determines how likely a horse is to be injured in a race. A horse's starting risk is impacted loosely by Conformation genes. However, risk can increase or decrease based upon how a horse is trained and/or raced.
Gilt The cause of this trait is currently unknown and the only way to obtain it is spontaneously through breeding. Yearlings can be born with two different types of Gilt. Eye Gilt causes a horse to have bright golden eyes. Hoof Gilt causes a horse to have bright golden hooves. It is visible on horses who have it, and can also be seen on the Genetics page.

This rare trait also comes with some non-cosmetic benefits! Horses with Gilt Eye can adapt to any pace in a race and will act like they have a Mirror trait in reverse when BWing (match the buddy’s score). Horses with Gilt Hoof aren’t impacted by Track Bias and seem to lose less Energy and Rest in races.

FFH Time
Wednesday, 09:13pm
October (Meet A)
Year 56

Meet Rollover Begins
Thursday @ 1:00am





Making Magic
Issa (#1)
Yesterday at 1:14 pm
Forever Pro Traits are now publicly visible on horses whose owners have Forever Pro. This should be helpful when troubleshooting race performance.
Issa (#1)
04/07/24 8:40 pm
A racing workshop is starting now in Discord!
Issa (#1)
03/31/24 10:47 am
The Y56 Yearling Sales are now open for consignment. Yearlings may be consigned through the beginning of September when the auctions open for bidding.
Issa (#1)
03/22/24 2:21 pm
Alfalfa Cubes will no longer raise Maturity of 2yos who are already at least 60% or 3yos who are already at least 80% mature.
Issa (#1)
03/22/24 12:41 pm
Bundle of TLC can no longer be used on horses under age 3. Alfalfa Cubes can no longer be fed to yearlings.
Issa (#1)
03/22/24 11:28 am
The amount of Risk gained when feeding Hype now varies based upon a horse's current Energy. Horses with higher Energy gain less Risk.
Issa (#1)
03/02/24 9:11 pm
Spring season Board Game Arena tournaments begin March 5th! Visit #🎲board-game-arena in Discord for more information.
Issa (#1)
02/24/24 10:46 am
Reminder: It's the last day for open dispersal at the GAO!
Issa (#1)
02/15/24 5:42 pm
All horses need to be retested for Genetic Merit. There are no changes to the award, but some horses lost their GM/GD and retesting ensures they all have the awards they should.
Issa (#1)
02/11/24 2:05 pm
February will be 2 weeks, with rollover happening on Sunday, February 25h.
Issa (#1)
02/10/24 5:07 pm
Although Appendix stock horses cannot enter flat series races, they are eligible for contesting series races.
Issa (#1)
02/10/24 1:38 pm
Sparks of Joy, Grooming jobs and Sanctum of Gold all now award player experience.
Issa (#1)
02/10/24 12:54 pm
A new Yearling Quick View has been added. It shows Morale, Maturity, Risk and indicates if a horse has Genetic Ratings purchased (as required for YA). Additionally, yearlings now show Forever Pro Traits in their Trait & Stat Panel so that you can more easily manage Risk.
Issa (#1)
02/07/24 10:56 am
Stallions with tested Above Average or Legendary Producer Quality can no longer grade F. If you have one who is currently F, his grade will adjust if inspected again.
Issa (#1)
02/06/24 8:20 pm
Would like to earn a free Appaloosa stallion? Complete this form to claim your tickets for the upcoming raffle! Tickets must be claimed by Sunday, February 11th at 11:00am.
Issa (#1)
02/06/24 11:41 am
If you used a Cupid's Arrow for Y56 foals and all of your mares do not show the green 'Guaranteed' + icon in Mare Services, please contact me on FFH or Discord so that your mares can be fixed before they foal.
Issa (#1)
01/28/24 10:25 pm
Reminder: The January Pro Shop sale ends at the end of the month. Prices of several items and upgrades will be adjusted at the beginning of February, as explained in this news post.
Issa (#1)
01/28/24 10:23 pm
Horse care has been enabled again. You can resume feeding and training horses.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 6:32 pm
Horses who have used either Family Jewels or Mythos Scepter now show a magic wand icon under Producer Quality (even if not visible) to indicate that their PQ is not what they were naturally born with.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 6:31 pm
Mythos Scepter has been revamped and is now an item you can use to change either Colt or Filly PQ of retired horses. More information can be found in the item's description and notes.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 1:07 pm
The Appaloosa raffle will be held at 9:00pm tonight. You do not need to be present to win. Since the raffle is happening pretty late, ticket sales will remain open through 6:00pm.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 1:06 pm
Mare grade inspections have reopened. There is a now a fee for grade testing mares, as listed on the inspection page. Mares do not need to be tested to be eligible to breed. The only other adjustment to mare grading is the removal of surface from the grading formula.
Issa (#1)
01/23/24 11:26 am
Don't forget it's the last week to purchase yearling partnerships for Y55!
Issa (#1)
01/22/24 11:52 am
Open dispersal of racers and broodmares at the Golden Apple Orchard will close at the end of February Y56.
Issa (#1)
01/19/24 11:49 am
Ultra Wraps are now marked with a blue checkmark in Racing Quick View to easily find horses who are wearing them.
Issa (#1)
01/06/24 7:12 pm
Tournaround Medallion may be used on any breed to improve their transition genes. Additionally, it now improves a horse's Endurance/Lead Change gene by one level. Before you rush out and buy some - note that it will be part of the upcoming January Pro Shop specials!
Issa (#1)
01/04/24 5:56 pm
Stallion Grade Testing has been reopened. Surface has been removed from the grade formula since it no longer impacts foal Potential.
Issa (#1)
01/03/24 6:21 pm
Dance of the Dunes will have a new open division for all races this year, in addition to the usual colt/gelding and filly divisions.
Issa (#1)
12/30/23 3:19 pm
Kickstarter is now available in the Golden Apple Orchard.
Issa (#1)
12/27/23 4:58 pm
Initiate's Quest is no longer open to Amateur players and is now limited to only Green and Novice.
Issa (#1)
12/23/23 12:56 pm
100yd races for 4yo+ have been added to the Midsummer Revelry series.
Issa (#1)
12/18/23 4:08 pm
The bug with miscarriages having a blank complication note on mare Breeding Info pages has been fixed. Additionally, complicates are now sorted with the most recent at top, much like progeny lists, BWs, and race history.
Issa (#1)
12/17/23 9:27 am
Grade testing is closed until further notice.
Issa (#1)
12/02/23 10:25 am
Today's the last day to participate in the Pro Shop Sale! (Possibly early tomorrow morning if you're in a different time zone.) Please also make sure you've voted in the polls for Colby's Crew and Old Friends. Colby's Crew has significantly less votes than Old Friends, so looks like some of you might have missed it in the news.
Issa (#1)
12/01/23 11:49 am
The Year's End Calendar starts today! Don't forget to stop by the Vale of Runes to open the door each day in December.
Issa (#1)
11/24/23 3:31 pm
Great news! We are able to sponsor a horse at Old Friends. Please vote in this poll to pick a horse.
Issa (#1)
11/15/23 3:11 pm
If you won an Appy stallion in the raffle and do not have Stat Gene, Heritage, Peak/Prime stablewide upgrades, please PM or DM me a link to the stallion.
Issa (#1)
11/14/23 6:19 pm
Answers to the Upgrade Raffle Challenge can be found here. Again, I'd highly recommend reading this even if you didn't participate as these questions address some incredibly important keys to racing success.
Issa (#1)
11/14/23 10:40 am
Upgrade raffles will be running tonight at 5:00pm! You don't need to be present, but are welcome to hang out in Discord to celebrate with the winners.
Issa (#1)
11/11/23 4:54 pm
Deadline for the upgrade raffles has been extended to Monday at 6:00pm. There's not many entries yet so be sure to get yours in!
Issa (#1)
11/11/23 4:41 pm
Gene Reducers may now only be used on bred horses, not Horse Trader, Import, or Select Sale horses.
Issa (#1)
11/11/23 12:11 pm
Answers to the Stallion Raffle Challenge, as well as the most relevant Handbook links, can be found here. Highly recommend everyone check this out, even if you didn't participate, because this covers a lot of the most important information for successful breeding!
Issa (#1)
11/10/23 4:56 pm
An additional rule has been added for raffle stallions - they may not be Cloaked.
Issa (#1)
11/07/23 8:24 pm
Stallion raffle tickets must be claimed by Friday at 5:00pm. The raffle will be held Friday evening.
Issa (#1)
11/07/23 11:13 am
Juuuuust kidding! (About the previous post...) I just added 1 additional Liver Chestnut and 1 additional Flaxen Liver Chestnut. Enjoy!
Issa (#1)
11/06/23 9:53 pm
We've added 7 new shades of Chestnut including 2 regular Chestnut, 2 Flaxen, 1 Liver, and 2 Flaxen Liver. All new shades can be viewed in the Horse Previewer.
Issa (#1)
11/05/23 5:09 pm
If you have an Appaloosa who is heterozygous or homozygous for Mottling, you may update their image to correctly show their mottling by reloading from their Image Gallery.
Issa (#1)
11/05/23 4:39 pm
The Appaloosa Select broodmare raffle will be held tomorrow, Monday, at 9:00pm FFH time. Tickets must be purchased by 7:00pm.
Issa (#1)
11/05/23 12:31 pm
February will be 2 weeks this year with races running on November 19th. This is not a permanent change, but one we feel is best in the circumstances of Y55.
Issa (#1)
11/04/23 12:36 pm
Midsummer Revelry now includes 500yd races for 3yo ONLY and 700yd races for 4yo+.
Issa (#1)
11/04/23 12:35 pm
Trials of Olympus now includes 7F races for 3yo ONLY.
Issa (#1)
11/03/23 10:24 am
The Appaloosa Select broodmare raffle is being postponed to either Sunday or Monday. Tickets may be purchased up through 1 hour before the time the raffle begins, which will be announced on Sunday.
Issa (#1)
11/01/23 1:42 pm
Question #22 in the Stallion Raffle Challenge has been updated for clarity.
Issa (#1)
11/01/23 10:49 am
Stallion Raffle Challenge update: If you are confused about what a question is asking for, you may contact me (DM or PM) for clarification before submitting.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 6:04 pm
2yo and 3yo stallion raffle eligibility has been updated due to an error in the script - a few more are eligible for tickets that weren't showing before. Additionally, you must have raced at least 20 2yo, 20 3yo, and 30 4yo+ to be eligible for the category.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 3:19 pm
Appaloosa broodmares are now available in the horse trader. Each player may purchase broodmares until they have 20+ total Appaloosa broodmares.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 2:12 pm
A new account setting has been added to show your barn names as buttons rather than text. A new option in barn naming allows you to designate a barn as the start of a new line.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 12:25 pm
Appaloosa color shows are now published for January.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 11:28 am
Surf and Turf has been added to the Golden Apple Orchard and is also now a possible reward when harvesting farm plots.
Issa (#1)
10/27/23 10:31 pm
The "|" dividing barn names has been removed to allow you more customization and improved aesthetics when organizing barns. Barn name character limit has been increased to 30 characters.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 3:59 pm
The Pampered grooming buff has been renamed to Radiant.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 3:57 pm
Grooming (the training action) has been renamed to Pamper to avoid confusion with Grooming Centers.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 3:56 pm
Beginning in February, players will be awarded 126 Grooming Center slots per month (increased from 84).
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 2:56 pm
Broodmare dispersal at the GAO is temporarily available again.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 12:49 pm
Surface Genes no longer impact a foal's birth stats. Distance Genes have a less significant impact on a foal's birth stats than they previously had.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 10:29 am
Mares must now have an updated grade test to submit breeding requests to outside stallions.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 9:35 pm
Training and feeding have reopened.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 4:45 pm
The Y55 Training Sales are now open for consignments! Bidding will begin October 29th.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 2:40 pm
Stock horses now maintain distance proficiency easier than other breeds.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 2:27 pm
Goldbloods now maintain Coat Condition easier than other breeds.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 9:00 pm
Contesting arenas can no longer have muddy weather. Contesting races held at series facilities will not be impacted by mud, even if the main track is muddy.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 6:52 pm
Horses no longer have a chance to reveal genotype upon retirement. However, the chance to reveal transition genes is increased for horses who have a Minor, Major, or Master. (With each award offering a greater chance.)
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 6:47 pm
Prices for imports have been adjusted. Colts now cost twice as much as fillies, varying upon a player's rank.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 6:27 pm
Preparedness is now available as a stablewide upgrade trait.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 4:55 pm
Time Turner and Prismatic Time Turner have been restored from retirement. They now change a mare's due date to January or the current month and Prismatic also resets a mare's color show cooldown.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 3:05 pm
Stock and STB stallions no longer earn bonus foal slots upon retirement.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 2:04 pm
The mare grading formula has been updated. All mares may now be tested again, although most likely there will be few changes.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 11:01 am
Horses who are Handily in races will now lose Experience.
Issa (#1)
10/15/23 6:15 pm
Horses who earn Court of Stars now receive a Producer Quality boost. Horses who have already earned Court of Stars have also received a PQ boost.
Issa (#1)
10/11/23 1:04 pm
A few minor adjustments have been made to Stallion Grades and stallions will need retested. Notably - Since SS/Import/Custom cannot be the worst level of 'Average', they may still earn B grades. Horses with tested negative mutations also cannot grade higher than C unless tested AA+ PQ. This info has been updated in the Handbook as well. Thanks for your patience!
Issa (#1)
10/10/23 11:13 pm
The Stallion Grade system has been updated and testing is open again. These updates offer more flexibility in factors that have less impact on a foal's potential while placing more weight on factors that have a stronger impact on a foal's potential. The Handbook page has also been updated, though the most notable change is that tested Average PQ cannot grade higher than C.
Issa (#1)
10/10/23 12:36 pm
The Stallion Testing Center is currently unavailable.
Issa (#1)
10/08/23 5:10 pm
Contesting horses may now enter multiple races at the same track.
Issa (#1)
10/08/23 12:44 pm
Contesting horses will have a 3 leg jackpot series through July, August, and September beginning in Y55. This will be offered for both barrels and poles with alternating regions per race.
Issa (#1)
10/07/23 3:42 pm
Performance based Suggested Grade now only looks at a horse's most recent race. This should alleviate a lot of problems where horses show a lower grade than is actually appropriate, helping avoid Handily results.
Issa (#1)
10/07/23 3:17 pm
Horses with Performance Ratings available now show their Stellar best PRs separate from non-Stellar best PRs.
Issa (#1)
10/07/23 1:46 pm
Mares who are already retired may be eligible for reduced foal slots. If so, a notice will appear at the top of their page allowing you to opt in (or opt out) of the foal slot change.
Issa (#1)
10/06/23 6:49 pm
Mare retirement is now available again. If your mare does not retire with the correct amount of foals lots, please post a bug.
Issa (#1)
09/30/23 7:26 pm
Experience now shows an exact percentage (%) for horses owned by Pro accounts.
Issa (#1)
09/30/23 2:44 pm
Distance proficiency gains have been increased for the distances above and below the distance a horse selects for training or BW.
Issa (#1)
09/17/23 3:31 pm
The Y54 Yearling Sale is open for consignments! Consignments will be accepted until bidding opens at the start of September.
Issa (#1)
09/15/23 4:50 pm
The value of Golden Apples has been updated to 200 GA = 100 PC = $1,000,000 (loosely). Prices for items in the GAO have been updated accordingly. The PC value for Sunkissed Tart, Ultra Wraps, Cream Token, Roan Token, and Dun Token have also been updated.
Issa (#1)
09/15/23 4:48 pm
Minimum pricing for public sales has increased to $100,000. Horses already listed for sale have been updated accordingly.
Issa (#1)
09/11/23 4:32 pm
A horse design contest is being held for the upcoming Select Sale. Visit #🌈pretty-pony-designs on Discord to read the rules and enter!
Issa (#1)
09/10/23 12:14 pm
Jockey fees (taken from race income) have been adjusted. The fee for 3 jockeys has been reduced, while additional cost tiers have been added for having 4 or 5+ actively contracted jockeys.
Issa (#1)
09/09/23 11:08 am
Stained Glass Cookies can now be purchased in the GAO.
Issa (#1)
09/04/23 1:09 pm
HT mares will earn 1 bonus foal slot, meaning they always retire with at least 2 slots. A bonus slot is also earned for placing top 5 in a series race, rather than top 3.
Issa (#1)
08/29/23 4:55 pm
Mares may now transition to buddies regardless of foal slots used. Mare transition fees have also been reduced.
Issa (#1)
08/27/23 2:33 pm
Registration for Birthday Bash Board Game Arena tournaments is open on Discord. Tournaments start on August 31st!
Issa (#1)
08/26/23 11:15 am
Series entry pools will not run until 6:00pm today.